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Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

Each family has its own unique traditions from the games played after supper, down to who brings which dessert, side dish and turkey. But, you may be tired of the same ole recipes, or maybe you don’t think you can make grandmas stuffing just right. Here is some inspiration to make your 2019 Thanksgiving supper

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Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Brunch

Planning a brunch always seems like a great idea until you realize all of the steps that need to be taken to make it a success. The weekends are a time for fun, family, friends and making new memories. We’re here to share with you some easy tips to throwing a stress-free brunch. Follow these simple rules, and you’ll be sure to keep your sanity and instead have a blast.

1.) Don’t plan everything alone. As a host, you are allowing others into your home, which is a huge piece of the get-together. Allow others to help out in planning the brunch. Each person can have their own responsibility like bringing the coffee, or a covered dish and of course the wine. Duplin’s sparkling wine creates the perfect mimosa.

2.) Create little flower arrangements. Another important tip to remember when planning brunch is keeping a budget in mind. Everyone loves a beautiful table setting filled with flowers, especially in the spring. Purchase a few bunches of your favorite flower and cut them into smaller bundles. Add the smaller bundles into vases and you are set.

3.) Keep it simple. It doesn’t take much to create a gorgeous table setting. The key is to remember is to keep it simple and give it a creative twist. Place the utensils on a napkin and tie it together with twine. It’s pretty, classy and all within budget!

4.) Provide a sweet treat. You can usually count on some type of croissant, bagel or bread when it comes to brunch. Try out Duplin’s Peanut Muffins with a Hidden Scuppernong Surprise for a sweet treat. We are sure everyone will love them.

5.) Enjoy it. Take the time the night before to get as much done as possible for the party. Allow yourself to be present and in the moment and not worry about perfection. Also, always say yes when people offer to help.

We want to hear from you! What’s your favorite thing about hosting a brunch?

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How to Store Wine

Let us help you with the best way to store your Duplin wine!

Many of us are so excited to find so many wines that we enjoy when visiting our favorite winery (Duplin) that we fill our carts- then our cars. We arrive home and discover that we need to find a place to store it. Storing wine safely – ensuring it will taste the same over the days, weeks and months ahead until you need it – is an important consideration.

Several tips to remember. Keep it still. Wine, particularly red wines, does not fare well when subjected to vibrations- a refrigerator door opening and closing, for example, will harm the integrity of the wine. Keep it sideways. Real cork is wood that is subject to drying- and shrinking. Keeping a cork in contact with the wine will prevent shrinkage. A dry and brittle cork would allow oxygen to enter the bottle. As air reaches an apple, oxidation occurs, and the apple begins to brown. Oxidation affects wine, in the same manner, the aromas, flavors, and color all start to spoil.

Be sure to store wines in an environment with consistent temperatures. Wines that heat and cool too often tend to spoil quickly. Keep wine in the dark. If wine is in direct light consistently, the flavor will be affected. White wines are most sensitive to light, but reds will decline as well. Keep your wines still, cool, dark and sideways- and if all else fails, you might as well drink it!

**Never throw away a spoiled wine- you can still marinate your favorite meats- or create a delightful salad dressing with wines that taste like vinegar.

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Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts

Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

This time of year is our favorite at Duplin Winery as we gather with family and friends and remember what we are most thankful for. We’ve got a list of delicious Thanksgiving desserts that you won’t want to miss out on this year, each one made specially with Duplin Winery in mind.

Scuppernong Cake

Did you know that Scuppernong grapes are the North Carolina state fruit? Our Scuppernong wine has been a Duplin tradition since 1976. The sweet white wine has a fruity finish and tastes scrumptious in this Thanksgiving dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Duplin’s Scuppernong Wine
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 cup of wine (to be added after the cake has been fully baked)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup wine

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine eggs, oil, and cake mix together in a mixing bowl. Stir at a medium speed for 4 minutes until fully mixed together and then add in pecans. Place cake in oven and bake for 50 minutes.
  3. Mix together 1/2 cup of Scuppernong wine, 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup butter to create the glaze for the cake. Bring the glaze to a boil for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately pour half of the glaze over the cake.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. After remove the cake from the pan and pour the rest of the glaze.
  6. Pour 1 cup of Scuppernong wine to top of the cake to complete.

Pumpkin Spice Roll

Pumpkin season won’t be here for much longer! Add this Pumpkin Spice Roll with Naughty & Nice wine into your Thanksgiving. It’s sure to be a hit with everyone in the family.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • (2) 1/4 cups of Duplin’s Naughty & Nice wine
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 18-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbs butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Line a 10 x 15 cookie sheet with foil and spray with oil.
  3.  Mix together 3 eggs, 2/3 canned pumpkin, 3/4 cup all purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup Duplin’s Naughty & Nice wine, 1 tsp soda and 1/2 tsp cinnamon to create pumpkin mixture. Pour mix onto cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  4.  Combine 18-oz package cream cheese, 3 tbs butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of Duplin’s Naughty & Nice wine to create filling.
  5. Remove pumpkin mixture from oven and spread with filling. Roll up jelly-roll style and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve.

Pink Magnolia Cream Cheese Pie

Traditionally around the holidays many people indulge in apple pie, pumpkin pie and blueberry pie. Why not switch it up this year and try creating this Pink Magnolia Cream Cheese pie?

Ingredients

  • 2 (8-oz) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 and 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • Strawberries
  • 1 cup of Duplin’s Pink Magnolia

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together 2 (8-oz) packages of cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 eggs and 1/8 tsp of vanilla. Pour mixture into a buttered pie dish and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Mix together 1/2 pint sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.
  5. Pour mixture over pie, leaving 1/2 inch crust around the edge. Place pie in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  7. Marinate strawberries in 1 cup of Duplin’s Pink Magnolia and 1/2 a cup of sugar for 2 hours.
  8. Spoon strawberries over pie slices.

Add these delicious Thanksgiving desserts to your day and be the host with the most!

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Top 5 Summer Reads

Looking for your next great read?

Look no further.

Check out our mix of romantic novels, thrillers, traditional classics and modern fiction that we are recommending this summer. We’re covering a range of options that you can take along with you wherever this season takes you.

Summertime was made for kicking back and relaxing with a good book. Plus, drinking Duplin on the side, of course.

Book #1: The Vacationers

Author: Emma Straub

Dive into a story of a complicated up-and-down dynamic among family and friends who take a two-week trip to the island of Mallorca.

Book #2: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn